Palm's Future in the Clouds Editorial

1src columnist Alan Grassia has posted a new piece entitled "Up In the Air" concerning the possible future plans of Palm not involving their Nova OS or their future hardware offerings. Grassia's piece makes for quite interesting reading in light of the recent MyPalm closure.

Grassia's piece begins with the suggestion that Palm may attempt to capture an Apple-sized bit of the online software market with a new Software Connection storefront, whether or not the new PocketGear management is onboard with Palm or not. With the arrival of nearly ubiquitous wireless 2.5G & 3G connectivity, as well as a more robust future version of the Palm OS, Palm may feel that the time is ripe to transition from a Hotsync-based software installations to OTA downloads and installers.

Palm CloudsIn fact, even under the Garnet OS, a number of Treo-oriented apps such as mVoice and Pocket Tunes employ automatic version checking and downloading from within the app. Furthermore, Palm's most notable non-hardware efforts this summer have been the launch of the two pieces of "lifestyle" software leveraging their devices' wireless connectivity: the location-enabled version of Google Maps for Centro devices and a Palm OS-specific Facebook app.

Palm's efforts on cloud-based computing, thus far only barely hinted at with last year's Palm Backup beta software release, could even culminate in a strategy of future devices with different formfactors intended for different tasks. Companies such as Asus with their newer SSD-based EEE PCs are already mitigating the devices' limited onboard storage capacities by offering customers a free 20GB online file storage account, a strategy that Palm would be wise to mimic if their hints for a future Foleo follow-up ever come to fruition. Even the recent news of Access's repositioning of ALP to target Mobile Internet Devices could be skewed without much effort to point to a wireless-only future that will outgrow the display limitations imposed by conventional smartphones.

By successfully leveraging their existing smartphone base, Grassia states, Palm could combine the inherent standalone strengths of their smartphone devices with the best limitless possibilities offered by OTA data delivery and cloud computing. With Palm's distant cousins at Access now electing to support to a MID-centric strategy, a combination of fierce competition and diminishing margins in the smartphone sector and an increasing push on cloud services could perhaps even compel Palm to break out of the boundaries imposed by their conventional square-screened, QWERTY keyboard smartphone formfactors.

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Eh. We'll see

mikecane @ 8/7/2008 12:41:14 PM # Q
All depends on whether or not Colligan delivers on his bragging, "breakthrough level of innovation."

In the meantime, Kirvin seems to be in love with his WinMob Treo:

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CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity

Gekko @ 8/7/2008 1:04:59 PM # Q

Palm - think outside of the commoditized hardware device. build a BETTER "" for your Palm users and more customers will follow.........

Apple's missteps = your opportunity. but time is running out and your window is closing.

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
SeldomVisitor @ 8/7/2008 2:37:45 PM # Q
They just hired an SVP of Applications etc in April - ya think they're ready to release a MobileMe clone anytime soon?

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 8/7/2008 5:09:08 PM # Q

nah. they'll blow the opportunity.

how does a guy like ed zander of motorola get pushed out yet colligan can hang on?

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 8/7/2008 5:13:06 PM # Q

Gekko @ 7/10/2008 9:51:20 AM #

a "PalmSync" service would have been nice. similiar to GoogleSync, allowing you to wirelessly sync your Centro/Treo PIM data to an online "Palm Desktop". i was free from the sync cable for a few years and i'm not yet fully comfortable going back to one.


RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 8/7/2008 5:17:02 PM # Q

damn. it looks like grassia beat me by a month. i hadn't seen/read his piece until now but we are on the same page.

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
mikecane @ 8/7/2008 5:17:42 PM # Q
Didn't Palm buy all these different web services at outrageous dotcom boom prices only to kill them or unload them for pennies?

I read somewhere that some ex-Palmer looked at the iPhone and said a lot of the stuff it had was what Palm was at one time planning - App Store, mobileme, for two.

As I think we all know by now, Palm tends to have Corporate ADD.

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 8/7/2008 5:27:03 PM # Q
yes, but they paid with dot com currency.

they shit the bed with this one -

Palm Accelerates Mobile and Wireless Strategy With Acquisition of Extended Systems

Strengthens Multiplatform Enterprise Solutions; Creates Market-Focused Business Groups

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 6, 2001 /PRNewswire/ - Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM), a leading provider of handheld computers, today executed on another leg of its mobile and wireless strategy with a definitive agreement to acquire Extended Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading mobile solutions vendor in the enterprise space.

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
mikecane @ 8/8/2008 8:58:43 AM # Q
Someone needs to tinyurl Gekko's ginormous URL there!

Bad, Gekko! Bad, bad!

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 8/8/2008 9:50:02 AM # Q

tiny url? i don't need no stinkin' tiny url!!!

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 8/8/2008 9:50:48 AM # Q
RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
mikecane @ 8/11/2008 6:47:47 AM # Q

(Gekko, please video yourself watching that so we can all see your head explode!)

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 8/13/2008 6:43:14 PM # Q

i'm loyal to PIC!!! from tonight -

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RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
mikecane @ 8/14/2008 11:11:40 AM # Q
I don't even remember my passwords to those two places. Besides, I think I might have been banned at the first one. Eh. Did you happen to run into the Palm Heatherbot, telling people not to install third-party apps? ROTFLMAO. Or did they finally fire her?

RE: CLOUD COMPUTING is the Opportunity
Gekko @ 11/1/2008 1:18:53 PM # Q

anybody interested in this MSFT "Mesh"?

i wonder if there will be a PalmOS mobile client. i'm not counting on it.

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IBM makes mobile push

Gekko @ 8/8/2008 11:15:52 AM # Q

August 8, 2008, 1:16 pm
IBM makes mobile push
The Palm 800w, carried on the Sprint network, is among the smartphones getting new functions in IBM's latest mobile push.

When it comes to big-business technology, you could argue it's not a party until IBM shows up. Not only is Big Blue the top seller of business software, its services division is also the biggest global provider of hands-on tech advice. So when IBM (IBM) makes big mobile announcement, it's worth a listen.

RE: IBM makes mobile push
joad @ 8/8/2008 11:56:39 AM # Q
IBM used to brand the Palm 3 and 5's as "Workpads" and later dropped out. Wonder why they're back, and also if they'll insist on removal of the camera as many of their clients and locations prohibit them.

Paying my annual PDA update tax to Palm since 1997.
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GTFOH! Centro 2? Colligan SAVES Palm?!!?

mikecane @ 8/11/2008 6:18:14 AM # Q
RE: GTFOH! Centro 2? Colligan SAVES Palm?!!?
hkklife @ 8/11/2008 6:23:27 AM # Q
Engadget has already confirmed it as a hoax. Sorry gang.

Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p

RE: GTFOH! Centro 2? Colligan SAVES Palm?!!?
mikecane @ 8/11/2008 6:42:59 AM # Q
Right then. Seemed too good to be true.

Back to Palm Death Watch.

RE: GTFOH! Centro 2? Colligan SAVES Palm?!!?
joad @ 8/11/2008 9:21:35 AM # Q
Too bad - with a slide-out keyboard it would be a very nice direction. Treo/Centros need to offer a larger screen at some point - their users' eyes aren't ALL 13 years old, in spite of the Fisher-Price Centro direction they seem to be pursuing.

Paying my annual PDA update tax to Palm since 1997.
RE: GTFOH! Centro 2? Colligan SAVES Palm?!!?
palmato @ 8/11/2008 1:20:01 PM # Q
The site where it was originally posted:
It's the result of a marketing project.

Hey Admin: Why do we have to keep two profiles?
RE: GTFOH! Centro 2? Colligan SAVES Palm?!!?
mikecane @ 8/12/2008 5:51:22 AM # Q
And I have to admit, that bugger really excited me. *sigh*

RE: GTFOH! Centro 2? Colligan SAVES Palm?!!?
BaalthazaaR @ 8/12/2008 7:02:51 AM # Q
It does look like something that we've been asking for.
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